Old-World sconces cast a honey glow on Kohinoor Beauty's warm-red and pale-yellow walls. An enormous photo of a perfectly decorated eye adorns one of the crimson walls. As if to assure clients of the staff's aesthetic abilities and attentiveness, the picture is positioned so guests can see the meticulously curled lashes in every mirror. A skilled staff member can ramp up eyes to match the photo by tinting brows or lashes or individually adhering semipermanent extensions to natural eye fringe. Waxing and threading are also among the women's-only salon's specialties. Technicians shape brows and remove unwanted fuzz from faces, bodies, and shadowy silhouettes.
Seva—named for the Sanskrit root-word that means 'to serve selflessly'—grew from a single, simple location opened in 2008 to what is now a beautifying powerhouse with shops populating nine states. Owner Vas Maniatis stumbled upon the concept of owning an eyebrow-centric salon during a trip he took with his sweetheart-turned-wife to Chicago's Little India district on Devon Avenue. While his date indulged in a quick eyebrow threading, Vas marveled at "what looked like hands and arms and a spool of thread dancing to some peculiar rhythm." He quickly set in motion a plan to set up shop and expose the ancient hair removal technique to those living outside the Indian community.
Today, a menu of services ranges from traditional eyebrow and facial threading, to instantly-drying no chip manicures that stay flawless for up to 14 days of incessant thumb war tournaments. Additionally, aestheticians at Seva de-fuzz a variety of physical locales with warm wax such as legs and arms, as well as detox faces with anti-aging, express, and acne facials.
Anastasia Makeup Chicago is a go-to resource for cosmetics, given that it not only provides applications of traditional, and permanent makeup, but also lessons on applying makeup yourself. The staff takes its time with clients, spending one to two hours on lessons and up to a full day for applications. By creating cat-eyes, shaping eyebrows, and applying eyelash extensions, staffers ready faces for magazine covers, fashion shows, weddings, and, if all those go well, postage stamps.
The aesthetic techs of Silk Laser Hair Removal & Skin Care inspire beauty with an array of services, including chemical peels and eyebrow threading. But they are especially proud of their ICE laser hair-removal treatments, which can painlessly shut down follicles to eventually eradicate the need to shave or wax.
At Innovative Aesthetics Med Spa, a team consisting of a certified plastic surgeon, nurse, certified laser technician, and an aesthetician aims to keeps skin surfaces smooth using laser energy. Wielding a GentleMax Pro laser, they work to destroy hair follicles at the root, which can permanently reduce hair on almost all areas of the body including legs, bikini areas, stomachs, chests, faces, and protective exoskeletons. Customers can also inquire within about Botox and Juvederm.
Stylists at CK Studio Salon & Spa view styling hair less as a job than an art. They craft artful looks for Chicagoland customers, snipping hair into custom cuts, applying extensions, and constructing updos that keep hair off the face more effectively than a forehead awning. Aestheticians utilize their waxing talents by removing unwanted body hair. To reduce skin irritation after waxes, they apply 100% pure cold pressed Argan Oil which also keeps the skin feeling soft.